For the first time, a Fort Collins original foursome will bring sounds from two different worlds to audiences in two different venues.
“Fire and Ice” is a more ambitious attempt than anything the band Dead Floyd has tried in Fort Collins. Two nights. Two venues. Two different sets. It has been about a year since the band played its home town. And no one has played both venues, Aggie Theatre, and Hodi’s Half Note, in a two-day succession. This is a unique opportunity.
“We’ve been playing huge stages lately. So it’s cool to bring the big theater show and then kind of get a little more intimate with Hodis, where you can fit 300 people in there,” Matt Goldberg says. “We can kind of play to the crowd more and a little something for the hometown town team makes this production fun, we like every time we play Fort Collins. It’s a special time for us.”
Dead Floyd members are Charlie Humphreys (guitar, vocals), Josh Miller (bass, vocals), Stu Crair (drums, vocals), and Matt Goldberg (keys, synth). This group of players has combined to perform over 1,000 shows across the country in various original projects over 10 years. And it feels so good to have them come home for a while.
“Both nights will be different completely. Different sets different themes of music and production-wise trying to incorporate the fire in the ice,” says Josh Miller. “We’re adamant about trying to bring a new show a fresh feel every time there’s so much material in the catalogs. We check and see what we played last time and make sure that this show is going to have a different feel.”
Pink Floyd and the Grateful Dead have little in common. In 1977, both bands played what many people consider the finest concerts in their long histories within the span of 24 hours. Merging two sounds that do not mix and magically make it morph into a new sound is the heart of Fire and Ice.
“Dead and Floyd (are) two different worlds but there are a lot of parallels with the Fire and Ice theme between the two,” Stu says. “You wouldn’t think they go together, (and) sometimes they don’t mix. You know exactly it’s like water and fire. The contrast of it is what really makes it special and brings it full circle. There are both intense moments and cool-down moments. It is very important to have a balance between the two.”
They create the setlist for the show but it is more of a road map to travel through the show and have a great experience. They read the crowd and let things flow when there is big connectivity with the audience. “We have fun with it. That’s what we’re having a good time knowing we got to get to the end of the show, and we’ve been doing it for 10 years now,” Matt says. “See each show is so different and you don’t know how we will get there this time, but you know, we’re all in it and it’s part of the adventure.”
And sometimes the audience gets lost with them, Josh adds. “We get their ears and their eyes captivating and they are all along the ride with us, you know. At that point, we’re just trying to track the ship back home safely.”
Dead Floyd is a celebration of the music of two of rock-and-roll’s well-loved bands, and from the first time they played in The Vault, there was a line around the block. They quickly sold out the Aggie Theatre and are one of two local bands to headline at the Mishawaka.
“We’ve been lucky to get such tremendous support from Fort Collins over the years. This is our home. It’s where we formed 10 years ago,” Stu says. “So the support around here has just been unbelievable. (It) always feels good to get back.”
Dead Floyd is so well-respected in Colorado they took the show on the road. They are edging into New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and ultimately, Washington, Oregon, and California, just to test the waters. They played to a packed house at The Orpheum in Flagstaff on Nov. 17, 2018. The future of the band will build up their fan base and share the music of their favorite bands to other fans. They hope to convert people who thought they could never love the Grateful Dead or Pink Floyd and celebrate those that already do.